Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Imagine world peace

An ancient Japanese legend promises that anyone who folds a thousand origami cranes will be granted a wish.  The Peace Quilt, 63 x 70,  features a foundation-pieced Crane block designed by Margaret Rolfe (Australia). The quilt is made in Japanese fabrics.

You can see images of the quilt on display at the 2009 Australasian quilt convention, along with a detail photo (below) by Anne Shea*.  Anne blogged about the convention, and the peace quilt - and her own blocks - on her
Pins and Thimbles blog.

 The quilt pattern can also be found at Alderwood Quilts (Oregon) as shown below:

The origami cranes became a symbol of world peace through the story of Sadako Sasaki, a young girl who was living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on August 6, 1945. Sadako attempted to make 1000 paper cranes before her death in 1955, and her story is commemorated in the book Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes. In 1958 a statue of Sadako holding a golden crane was unveiled at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial. At the foot of the statue is a plaque that reads:
"This is our cry. This is our prayer. Peace on Earth."
Image credits and linksMargaret Rolfe is an author, quilt designer, and quilt historian, who founded the Quilt Study Group of Australia. The Peace Quilt pattern is available at Margaret A brightly colored version of the Peace Quilt was an award-winner at the 2007 Rising Star Quilters Guild show.   
*The block image is shown with the generous permission of Anne Shea.  Anne lives and works in Melbourne, Australia, where she makes clothes for tall women: see her online shop and blog at Sarah Vain and Tall.


  1. I guess it was only a matter of time until someone came up with a foundation piecing pattern for this block. I have done it numerous times by applique and ten might be manageable but 1000??
    This is a beauty.

  2. Julie, thanks for your comment. Appliqued cranes sound even more difficult (lots of corners) !

  3. What an amazing quilt!
    Such a beautiful story of inspiration behind it too!
    Thanks for sharing it with us!


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